Red Light Cameras On The Way

After the pilot program of two red light cameras on the I-35 frontage road last year, the Austin City Council gave the go ahead for red light cameras.

Today, they announced nine intersections that will have red light cameras installed in April and will be functional by May 1.

The nine intersections are:

  1. Riverside Drive at Pleasant Valley Road
  2. East frontage of Lamar Boulevard at the south frontage of Ben White Boulevard (eastbound)
  3. West frontage of Lamar Boulevard at Ben White Boulevard (westbound/northbound)
  4. Northbound I-35 service road at 11th Street
  5. Southbound I-35 service road at 15th Street
  6. Southbound I-35 service road at MLK Jr. Boulevard
  7. Southbound MoPac service road at eastbound U.S. Highway 290
  8. Northbound MoPac Expressway at Howard Lane/Wells Branch Parkway
  9. Southbound MoPac Expressway at Howard Lane/Wells Branch Parkway

Personally, I only ever pass through #1, 2, 3 and sometimes 5. #1’s always a mess, but I don’t see very many people running it and I’ve never seen an accident there. #2 and 3 have accidents. I know I’m sometimes coming westbound off Ben White to northbound Lamar and cross three lanes to get to the right merge lane to head north. It’s always fun to beat the northbound Lamar traffic. I never go through #8 and 9, but that intersection’s a nightmare.

Cameras aren’t the answer, but they need to do something about the Braker, Mopac, 360 clusterfsck in the evenings. There are accidents on Braker between Mopac and 183 all the time, mostly the westbound traffic.

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